The overwhelming majority of professional drivers only need a driving licence to start working. However, it has been recognised that professional drivers also need solid and lifelong training to be able to deliver excellent service to their clients and keep abreast of all safety regulations. There are many perils on the road that can be avoided. The work-related road accidents are the leading cause of death at the workplace in industrialised countries. Heavy vehicles overloading, negligence while carrying dangerous goods – these are the most common reasons for road accidents that stem from the lack of proper training.
That is why the European Commission came up with a proposal to introduce periodic training for larger goods vehicles (LGV) drivers (categories D1, E, D, C1, C, and E) to allow them to improve their skills. All drivers must attend refresher training at an approved centre for a minimum of 35 hours every 5 years, with each training session lasting no less than 7 hours. Upon completion of a refreshment course a driver is granted a CPC certificate.
It is important that trainings do not merely focus on driving techniques and use of the vehicle but teach drivers more about defensive driving — anticipating danger, making allowance for other road users and rational fuel consumption should be essential for both initial and periodic education.
Road safety is heavily dependant on drivers’ behaviour. To be able to drive safely, drivers must have a realistic perception of their skills and avoid being influenced by other factors (peer pressure, stress etc.). Personal and contextual factors play an important role in the road user's behaviour.